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Each week Dr. Roto will examine the five players that he feels are the front-runners for this award. You may agree with some choices and disagree with others. It is about impact and not stats alone.
So without further ado, here is the list heading into Week 13:
#5: Tom Brady
Brady’s season has truly been exemplary, however, you would never really realize it because he has been overshadowed by the success of Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. Brady has thrown for multiple TDs in every game except one and has over 3,600 passing yards for the season. Moreover, his team is leading its division, and the Patriots are legitimate contenders for the first seed in the AFC Playoffs. With his next two games against the Colts and Redskins, look for Brady to continue putting up gaudy stats and moving up this list.
#4: Calvin Johnson
Most wide receivers would call 1,000 yards receiving and 12 TDs a great season; Calvin Johnson calls it his stats through Week 12. Johnson continued his excellent play against the Packers on Thanksgiving Day when he caught another TD pass. The Lions have struggled recently (in particular QB Matthew Stafford), so Johnson may move down this list next week unless he can put up a stellar week against a weak New Orleans secondary.
#3: Drew Brees
Like a stealth fighter, Drew Brees has slowly moved in and taken out the competition. He has the most passing yards of any QB so far this season, and is third for TD passes behind Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. Most of all, he is the leader of arguably the second best team in the NFL. He played a flawless game against the New York Giants last Monday and now has to play against a tough Lions defense this week. Look for Brees to be up for the challenge and keep his spot in the Top Five.
#2: Arian Foster
This has been a very tough season for Foster. Not only was he hurt in the beginning of the season and forced to miss a few games, but now his starting and backup QBs are both out for the season as well. Now with third string QB, T.J. Yates, ready to start his first NFL game this week, Foster must continue to step up and carry his team to victory. This will be no easy task, as defenses will load up the box daring Yates to beat them with his arm. If Foster can continue to play from this point forward as he has done for the last few weeks, his season will be nothing short of miraculous.
#1: Aaron Rodgers
How good is Aaron Rodgers? He’s so good that even though he played decently on Thanksgiving Day, he still threw for 307 yards and two TDs against the Lions. For the season Rodgers’ TD:INT ratio is an unheard of 33:4. Next up for Rodgers is a road game against the New York Giants. The Giants broke New England’s streak years ago—can they do the same to the Packers? Dr. Roto thinks not.
Honorable Mention (Guys that could be listed but aren’t):
Wes Welker: Welker is still one of the best WRs in the league, but has fallen out of Top Five consideration.
Rob Gronkowski: Has put up one of the greatest seasons in Fantasy TE history. He easily could end up in the Top Five by season’s end.
Cam Newton: He’s slowly coming back to reality, but he needs to be mentioned on this list. A big week against Tampa Bay will propel him right back into Top Five discussions.
LeSean McCoy: Still a Dr. Roto favorite, too bad the Eagles have not used him nearly as much as they should.
Jimmy Graham: If he can repeat what he did against the New York Giants, Graham will be on this list in no time.
Agree? Disagree? I want to hear what you have to say! Each week I will list a few responses from emails or tweets that I receive throughout the week expressing YOUR opinion.
Mark Bloom (Dr. Roto) is a former personal trainer with the International Sports Conditioning Association (ISCA). A subject of a UPN newscast for guiding numerous Fantasy Sports participants to league titles, Dr. Roto has answered thousands of Fantasy questions over the past two decades. You may email Dr. Roto directly @ http://%22 or follow him on Twitter @DrRoto
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